Sensory Friendly Activities in San Antonio

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Winter break is almost upon us! With that in mind, the staff at TLC Kids Therapy helped in coming up with a list of sensory friendly activities available in San Antonio. Please keep in mind that most of these places offer activities throughout the year, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for announcements of upcoming events we did not mention. Know of something that isn’t on this list? Comment below and we’ll be sure to add it!

Flying with your children for the Holidays? The Arc of San Antonio, United and TSA are teaming up to host a Wings for All event at the San Antonio International Airport. You can register here for the SA event, happening on December 11th at 5PM. Activities will include check-in to receive boarding passes, passing through the TSA security checkpoint, waiting in the boarding area and boarding an aircraft (that does not take off). All of this helps your sensory sensitive child experience all of these things in a more controlled manner before they have to do the real thing.

Alamo Drafthouse – All showings before 2PM on Tuesdays (and some on the weekends) follow Alamo for All rules. That means that lights will be turned up and the sound will be turned down, talking and noise is allowed and guests can move around, latecomers are admitted, adaptive technology is welcome (but no other electronics, please) and all ages are welcome (including infants). A ticket must be purchased for anyone that will occupy a seat in the theater. The following movies will be available for screenings in December (click the link for more details): Frozen II, A beautiful day in the neighborhood, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out, Parasite, Queen & Slim, 21 Bridges, Dark Waters, Doctor Sleep, Elf, Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker.

AT&T Center – The AT&T Center offers a sensory room for Spurs games, located outside of Section 230 on the Balcony Level. Guests with special sensory needs can also check out a sensory bag at Guest Services, located inside the East Entrance on the Plaza Level. Each bag contains noise-cancelling headphones, a nonverbal feelings thermometer, fidget toys, and a KultureCity VIP lanyard to help trained staff to discreetly identify guests who may need assistance during the event. TLC Kids Therapy has contacted the AT&T center to find out more information on how to book seats for this room, and we’ll update this post once we receive an answer.

Chuck E. Cheese – Opens 2 hours early on the first Sunday of every month for their Sensory Sensitive Sundays program at participating locations. In San Antonio, that is the one at 11735 Bandera Road, 78250. Benefits include: less crowding and a quieter restaurant environment; dimmed lighting; the show and music turned down or off entirely; limited appearances by Chuck E.; ability to order off of full menu; access to play all games and rides; all ages and siblings welcome; no admission fees. Not going to be in town for the holidays? Check out the full list of participating locations to find the one closest to you.

The DoSeum – Their “Beyond Limits” sensory friendly program is available year-round, but join them for their Holly Jolly day of play on Dec 22, 2019 for sensory friendly winter-themed activities. Register early to guarantee a spot, as those are limited! You can also follow this event on Facebook for updates and more information.

iFLY – Their All Abilities program hosts “all abilities nights” for people with both physical and/or cognitive challenges. Click the link to read more about how it works, watch an overview of the program and request more information on when the next all abilities night will be available in the location closest to you!

Magik Theatre – The Magik Theatre runs a year-round outreach program, of which sensory friendly showings are a part of. In December, you can check out their performance of Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol on the 14th at 10:30AM (but click the link for future dates). All tickets are general admission seating and available for $10.

Morgan’s Wonderland – Available all year for people with all kinds of special needs! Definitely worth checking it out if you’ve never been.

Tobin Center – Unfortunately, the Tobin Center’s sensory friendly performance of The Nutcracker happened on December 3rd, but they do offer showings for other attractions throughout the year. Click the link to find out more, and mark your calendars for Call of the Wind on February 3rd at noon.

Santikos – Every first and third Saturday of each month at 11AM, Santikos hosts sensory friendly movie screenings in the following locations: Silverado, Mayan Palace, Embassy, Casa Blanca & Cibolo. In December, they will be showing Frozen II on the 7th and the Jumanji sequel on the 21st. Please note that movies are subject to change. Free admission is only available to guests with special needs at the theater, and normal ticket prices apply for companions.

Urban Air – They have sensory friendly jump days that vary by location, check calendar for availability. We have checked the upcoming dates for nearby locations for your convenience, and the next date available is on January 5th at 10AM at their NE San Antonio spot.

The Witte Museum – The Witte offers Sensory Sundays a few times during the year. On December 8th, from 10AM-12PM you can check out their Mythic Creatures display for $10/person, and spot reservations are already available. Can’t make it to one of their official dates? The museum suggests Mondays, Wednesdays, Thurdays and Friday afternoons for a quieter experiences, and informs that sunglasses, earplugs, and wheelchairs are available upon request at the Walker Admissions Desk.

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